NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Israeli national soccer team will make its first New York appearance in over 35 years when they play Honduras at Citi Field on Sunday, June 2.
Ranked 59th in the world, the Israeli national team is led by manager Eli Guttman. On March 26, Israel defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier in Belfast. The national team currently features several players from the English Premiere League: Tal Ben Haim (Queens Park Rangers), Itay Shechter (Swansea City) and Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea).
Honduras, which qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is ranked 50th in the world. Led by Coach Luis Fernando Suarez, Honduras lost to Panama 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier on March 26 in Panama City. The national team currently features several players from the English Premiere League: Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Roger Espinoza (Wigan) and Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).
The Israel-Honduras match by MCI Sports marks the third straight year that Citi Field has hosted an international soccer competition. Ecuador and Greece battled to a 1-1 tie before a near sell-out crowd of 39,656 on June 7, 2011 in the first soccer game at Citi Field, and Ecuador defeated Chile 3-0 on August 15, 2012 in front of 31,901 fans.
GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober, Kevin Hernandez, Jose Mendoza
DEFENDERS: Arnold Peralta, Brayan Beckeles, Victor Bernardez, Osman Chavez, Juan Pablo Montes, Jose Velasquez Colon, Juan Carlos Garcia, Emilio Izaguirre, Orlin Peralta
MIDFIELDERS: Roger Espinoza, Luis Garrido, Jorge Claros, Mario Martinez, Wilson Palacios, Boniek Garcia, Marvin Chavez, Andy Najar
FORWARDS: Jerry Bengston, Carlo Costly, Jerry Palacios, Rony Martinez, Roger Rojas, Diego Reyes
MANAGER: Luis Fernando Suarez
GOALKEEPERS: Ariel Harush, Ofir Martziano
DEFENDERS: Tal Ben Haim, Dekel Keinan, Yuval Spungin, Rami Gershon, Eytan Tibi, Elad Gabai, Gal Shish, Shir Tzedek
MIDFIELDERS: Sheran Yeini, Yossi Benayoun (Captain), Gal Alberman, Lior Refaelov, Eran Zahavi, Maor Melikson, Avi Reikan, Hen Ezra
FORWARDS: Itay Shechter, Elyaniv Barda, Eden Ben Basat, Shimon Abuhatzira, Eliran Atar
MANAGER: Eli Guttman, Assistant Coach Yossi Abuksis
Tickets start at $20 and are available at Mets.com/Soccer and (718) 507-TIXX.
SOURCE MCI Sports